Artificially Intelligent

Any mimicry distinguishable from the original is insufficiently advanced.

  • Be Responsible

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    In high school, seniors go on a seven-day class-wide camping trip. When it came my turn, I was placed into a group of 28, in which we formed groups of four. Each of these groups was responsible for one night of dinner. My group of four decided that we wanted...

  • A Math Student's Guide to Options

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    Disclaimer: This represents slightly more than everything I knew about options when I put my entire net worth into SPY puts in March.1 I learned most of this in about 30 minutes of reading. This introduction should be accessible to someone that knows statistics and calculus, but little finance. The...

  • Be Goal-directed

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    A question that I’ve recently grown fond of is “what’s your goal?”. Usually, this question arises when someone is describing course of action and wondering if it’s good or bad. Sometimes, during this process, people get trapped in this mindset where they think the course of action is either good...

  • Does SGD Produce Deceptive Alignment?

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    Cross posted from the AI Alignment Forum. Deceptive alignment was first introduced in Risks from Learned Optimization, which contained initial versions of the arguments discussed here. Additional arguments were discovered in this episode of the AI Alignment Podcast and in conversation with Evan Hubinger. Very little of this content is...

  • Expected Money at Augur

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    A contract that pays out $1 if Trump loses is currently available for about 65 cents on Augur. If you think Trump has an 80% chance to lose, this means you can approximately 1.2x your money in about a month. This is a good deal. The Kelly Criterion says you...

  • France Bet Postmortem

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    On the 18th of October 2020, I assigned a 50% chance that France’s daily COVID cases would not exceed 40,000 by the end of October. My friend Sidney assigned 70% chance, so we bet about it. As of October 22nd, I have lost this bet. Abram Demski recommends that people...

  • Miscellaneous Mediocre Models

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    The world is very complicated. It is easier to engage with the world productively if you have simple models of how various parts of it work. These are some of the models I use. Some of them are more grounded in reality than others. Acids/Bases epistemic status: probably literally true...

  • The Solomonoff Prior is Malign

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    Crossposted from the AI Alignment Forum. May contain more technical jargon than usual. This argument came to my attention from this post by Paul Christiano. I also found this clarification helpful. I found these counter-arguments stimulating and have included some discussion of them. Very little of this content is original....

  • Death is Bad

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    When I was about 13, I was at a birthday party. Someone started clapping and said: “every time I clap, someone in the world dies.” Someone else called out: “then stop clapping your hands!” Laughter ensued, and the incident was quickly forgotten. While you are reading this sentence, someone in...

  • Stories of my Life

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    Yesterday was my 22nd birthday, marking the end of my 22nd year on Earth. In honor of this, here are 22 stories of my life: When I was one, I locked myself inside the bathroom. My mother once took me shopping and I hid inside a circular clothes rack. Afterwards,...